Higher Education World University Rankings
The world’s leading higher education institutions have been announced in the latest edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.The UK’s University of Oxford has maintained its position at the top of the table, while the US continues to dominate the rankings with eight of the top 10 institutions coming from the country.
The University of Cambridge is in second place, followed by Stanford University in third.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is in fourth place, while the California Institute of Technology rounds out the top five.
The University of California, Berkeley is the highest-ranked institution outside of the US and UK, in sixth place.
The rankings are based on 13 performance indicators across five areas: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.
The full list of the world’s top 200 universities can be found here.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 includes almost 1,400 universities across 92 countries, making it our biggest international league table to date. It is the only global university performance table to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
The top 200 universities in the world are dominated by the US and UK, with both countries claiming more than a quarter of places. But there are signs that the dominance of these traditional powerhouse nations is beginning to wane, with a record number of Asian institutions breaking into the elite ranks this year.
The UK continues to be the second most-represented country in the table, with 61 institutions in total. But the US – which has had the most universities in the top 200 for the past 15 years – has seen its share of places fall from 31.3% to 30.5%.
The most significant rise among the Asian nations is China, which is now home to 47 institutions in the ranking, up from 38 last year. This is the first time that any country outside the US and UK has had more than 40 representatives in the table.
The 2020 rankings also see the Netherlands make history by claiming the number one spot for the first time. The country is home to just eight institutions in the ranking, but they are all world-leading in at least one area of teaching or research.
It is the first time that any country has had all of its representatives in the top 200 of the rankings. The UK is the only other country to come close to this feat, with 58 institutions in the top 200 in 2020.
The US remains the world’s most represented country in the rankings, but its share of places has fallen for the third year in a row. There are now 158 US institutions in the table, down from 165 last year.
The top 10 universities in the world are:
- University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
- University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
- Stanford University (United States)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
- California Institute of Technology (United States)
- University of Chicago (United States)
- Princeton University (United States)
- Yale University (United States)
- Columbia University (United States)
- University of Pennsylvania (United States)
The Higher Education World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
The rankings are widely observed and are a significant influence on university admissions and research funding decisions worldwide.
The rankings are based on a methodology that incorporates six metrics, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio.
The Higher Education World University Rankings were first published in 2004.
The rankings are based on data from a survey of over 70,000 academics and over 26,000 employers, as well as data on research citations. The survey asks academics to rate the reputation of universities in their field, and employers to rate the employability of graduates from those universities.
The rankings are widely used by university administrators, policymakers, and students. They are also used by university marketing and PR departments to help promote their institutions. The rankings have been criticized for being too narrowly focused on research and for not adequately reflecting the quality of teaching at universities.
The Higher Education World University Rankings are published annually by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
The rankings are compiled by QS, a British consultancy firm.